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Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:58

48 Hour Film Project 2012: A captain's log featuring team Hugh Sullivan Productions

48 Hour Film Project 2012: A captain's log featuring team Hugh Sullivan Productions Hugh Sullivan Productions
Written by Hugh Sullivan
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This June I participated in my first 48 Hour Film Project. I had no idea what to expect, but I assumed it would be a horrifying mix of stress and fun. I was right.

Let's take a look at a timeline from the weekend:

Thursday, May 31

12 a.m. Go to bed. Stress until 3 a.m. before falling asleep.

Friday, June 1

12 p.m. Drive from Decatur, Ill. to St. Louis with my wife, Alida, for a photo shoot before we get our 48HPF assignment.

2:45 p.m. Sit for 40 minutes on MLK bridge, cursing construction. Make note to find a different route into town, so I can get my film submitted on time Sunday.

6:15 p.m. Get to theater and chat with some contest veterans.

6:30 p.m. Draw B-11: Dark Comedy for my genre.

7 p.m. Call writing team from the road. Movie needs to be Dark Comedy featuring Duane or Diane Trammel, a prop checkbook, and the line, "Where are we going?"

10:30 p.m. Arrive in Decatur. Borrow Arri light kit and a dolly from a friend and meet writers at a friend's house.

3:30 a.m. Head home to sleep while friend types script.

Saturday, June 2

8 a.m. Frantically begin search for puppet and two actors.

10:30 a.m. Good news: We have permission to shoot at main location. Bad news: The carnival that makes that location so great isn't set up yet.

10:35 a.m. More bad news: Our main actor has an emergency in Springfield and needs to go. Search is now for three actors.

12 p.m. Puppet and actors set. Schedule shoot for fairgrounds and start storyboarding.

1 p.m. My awesome wife designs and prints a poster for the puppeteer's show.

2 p.m. Set up at fairgrounds and begin shooting. Really wish I had some neutral density filters.

2:30 p.m. Break the "180 Degree Rule" pretty bad.

2:45 p.m. Start to feel really disorganized and get flustered. Wife gives me pep talk. I get back to it.

5 p.m. Get rained out before we could get the last two shots we needed. Toss all equipment in the car to get it out of the rain, so all the cables are bunched up into one big knot.

6 p.m. My wonderful wife has a photo shoot with main actor and puppet. We need those for the next shoot. I start editing.

8:30 p.m. Alida prints photos and some newspaper article props. No time for storyboards.

9:30 p.m. Set up at second location for interior shoot. Need to swap friend's big TV for a prop TV. Unplug tons of cables from the back.

12 a.m. Midnight pizza break!

1:30 a.m. Finish shooting. Spend a ton of time trying to replace all the cables into the TV.

1:45 a.m. Start shooting puppet show at my work studio. Get loopy and start saying really offensive stuff with the puppet.

2:30 a.m. Head home to start editing latest footage.

4:30 a.m. Go to sleep.

Sunday, June 3

8 a.m. Start reshoot at fairgrounds.

9 a.m. Finish reshoot. Drive to country to get one final shot.

9:30 a.m. Continue editing.

10 a.m. Stop editing every once and a while to record SFX and ADR.

10:30 a.m. Alida drives all over town to get waivers and releases signed.

3 p.m. Alida keeps filling out my paperwork while I get final edit burned to DVDs.

3:30 p.m. Set out for St. Louis. I pass out in passenger seat.

6:30 p.m. Hand in materials at the Schlafly Tap Room. Stay for fried chicken.

7 p.m. Sleep some more on the way back to Decatur.

-- Hugh Sullivan, Director/Producer for Hugh Sullivan Productions

All photos by Hugh Sullivan Productions.

The 48 Hour Film Project 2012 Best of Screenings take place June 14 at the Tivoli.

 

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